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Exhibition “Barke” (Boats) by Ivana Petan-ceramics and BojanB-prints

The opening took place in the courtyard of the Bianchini palace, now Museum of Stari Grad, Hvar island on 11th September at 11 am!

The multimedia exhibitionBarke” (Boats) is built by three elements. The first is Bojan Brecelj’s photographs, focusing on the construction of wooden boats on the island of Samos in the Aegean Sea, which is one of the few places in the Mediterranean where wooden boats are sought and masters still have a lot to do! (collection of 7 prints-limited edition 100 x 70cm and 110x 30cm )

Looking at the strong structures of the boats made of wood growing here, on the hill above the sea… the questions appeared: Is this the past? What is really the future of sea travel? Having in mind these questions, these photographs were created.

The second element of the exhibition is ceramic sculptural works of Ivana Petan – abstract forms of boats, made in the technique of paper-porcelain, chamotte clay and glazes.

In the hours when the sea and sky are painted in the same colour, they look like one big blue. Through it, beings of different worlds draw traces of innumerable shapes, creating a unique mandala of destinies. Each trace tells its story – its creation, its path and its mission that it yearns for. To imprint the traces of sea, to take its form, it happens through the respect, hearing and participation of all visible and invisible phenomena that create the whole of the open and every moment of the new water-air space of life.

The third element of the exhibition is image&sound track TRACES OF MED LAND PROJECT 2019/1 a project on which the creation of this entire exhibition is built on. The soundscape was created by Eleonora Pauli.

more images and the opening:

collection of 7 prints-limited edition 100 x 70cm and 110x 30cm are available as special offer at:

MED Land get involved –PATRON page 

Meeting a Japanese sailor, Wakao Yoshikatu

It was such a precious coincidence meeting a Japanese sailor, Wakao Yoshikatu on the island of Ikaria, Greece. /interview, transcription and photos by Ayane Tanaka./

We were curious to know about the philosophy and the vision of his life because it’s very rare to see Japanese sailors around the world. Here we share his story of the experience in both Japanese and Western culture, which makes him always like to start new things.

“I decide my way of living by myself, not by society. One reason for the decision is rooted in my experience in the exchange study in America 40 years ago. I was shocked by cultural differences, such as individualism and proactiveness. These new values have influenced my current way of living. Another reason is based on my focus on the value of free time, which I cultivated through sailing. In Japan, the priority tends to be working and commercial affairs, not leisure like sailing. In order to have my free time in Japanese society, I have to find out my own way to make a living.”

“The motivation for working is to make customers happy. I have work experiences in different fields such as a buyer of jewellery, a builder, and a hair artist etc. However, my belief in working is one: to make customers happy. I believe a person who is happy to please others can be the happiest person.”

You can track Wakao’s Sailing Vessel “Crow’s Nest 7” from here. We hope more Japanese sailors can be seen all over the world near future.

Full version in Japanese is below:

ギリシャのイカリア島にて、日本人セーラーの宜克 若尾(よしかつ わかお)さんにお話を伺うことが出来た。彼は世界各地をボートで妻と訪れており、今回はヨーロッパから日本に帰る途中とのこと。日本人としては非常に珍しいセーリングを趣味としている彼。一体どんな人なのだろうか?「周りから次は何始めるの?と聞かれるくらい彼は新しいことを始めるのが好き。」と妻は言う。何が彼をそうさせるのか。日本と西洋の文化をこれまで経験してきた彼のストーリーをここにシェアしたい。

自分で自分の道を決めた人生を歩んでいる。そのルーツは学生時代のアメリカ留学にある。

留学という決断

「日本には、社会に決められた「レール」が存在する。大学を卒業し、大手企業に就職するというもの。僕もそうするのだと思っていたが、まだ海外留学が珍しかった40年前、アメリカに行く決断をした。なぜなら、自分とは何か、何のために生きていくのかと疑問に思ったから。そして自分自身を見つめるためには日本の文化が分からないといけない。日本の文化を理解するためには、違う文化を見て比較しないといけないと思ったから。そうして大学3年生の時に、一番身近だったアメリカに半年間留学することにした。」

アメリカでのカルチャーショック

「日本との大きな違いが2つあった。まず、考え方が違うということ。日本のような全体主義ではない、お互いを認め合う文化と個人主義がすごくいいなと思った。2つ目は、自分から何かを起こさないと事が始まらないということ。知り合いが全くいない環境のおかげで、なんでも自分からする力を身につけられた。こういった新しい価値観に触れた経験から、大手企業に入るよりも自分で何かできることがあるんじゃないか、自分の好きなことをする方がいいんじゃないかと思うようになったことが、今のキャリアパスに繋がっている。」

こうして留学後、大手企業ではなく小さな魚屋で修行を積む決断をし、その後「自分でビジネスをする」という夢を叶えた。メンズアクセサリーショップcreamを立ち上げて、バイヤーとして世界中を飛び回る生活を送っていたそうだ。

日本社会で「自分のための時間」を持つには、自分のやり方でやっていかないといけない。

セーリングに気付かされた余暇の価値

「自分でビジネスを始めた頃から、仕事以外の時間を作れるようになりセーリングを再び始めることができた。2012年に今の船を購入し、世界中を航海して沢山の国の文化を見てきた。そこで日本と西洋との「余暇」に対する価値観の違いを肌で感じた。まず、西洋の人は「余暇のために働いている」。例えば、地中海の街は港を中心に街が発展していて、バカンス用のボートがたくさん来ている。遊ぶために働くというライフスタイルが浸透していることの現れだ。一方、日本文化は「生活=仕事」。日本の港は商業用優先であるため、バカンス用のボートの代わりにフェリーといったビジネス向けが多くを占める。このことからも仕事が優先される社会だと分かる。日本では、働くこと=良いことという考えが一般化してしまっているが、たとえ失業率が低くても、実際に幸せな人は少ないように強く感じる。時間的な余裕がないのがこの問題の連鎖を生んでいる。それを見て、自分は自分のやり方でやっていかないといけないなと思った。」

興味深いことに、彼はバイヤーの他に、建築や美容師といった様々な経験を持っている。彼のこれらの仕事に対するモチベーションはどこから来るのか。

仕事のやりがいは、人に喜びを与えられること

自分にとって仕事とは

「仕事で大事なのは、人に喜んでもらえること。だから、仕事の精神「お客さんの喜びのため」を知ることがまず大事。例えば政治も、憲法という精神に基づいて法律というマニュアルが成り立っている。仕事も同じで、「精神」なしに「マニュアル」だけでは仕事の意味を理解しないままタスク処理することになる。だから、仕事の根本である精神さえ分かれば、マニュアルなんかがなくてもお客さんの望んでいることは何なのか自分で考えて仕事をこなすことができる。」

なぜ仕事としてビジネスを選んだのか

「ビジネスは幸せを作ることができると信じている。例えば、政治の世界はみんなが100%賛成する状態は不可能であり、必ず敵を作る。つまり、誰かを苦しめないと誰かの幸福はない。そのバランスを取らないといけないそんな大変な仕事はないと思う。」

人に喜びを与える人こそが幸せになれる

「人の喜びを自分の喜びだと思える人が、幸せになれる人。人の喜びを妬む人や損得を考える人、人に喜びを与えるのではなく自分だけが喜んでいたらいいという人は、幸せになれない。」

彼がこれまでやってきた仕事は一見すると様々だが、根本の考えは共通している  「人に喜んでもらうこと」が目的だったのだ。

宜克さんのセーリングボート「Crow’s Nest 7」はここから現在位置や過去のセーリングトラベルを追跡できる。日本人セイラーがもっと世界の海で見られる日が来ることを願う。

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Meeting Antoni Font Gelabert

While staying in the port town of Agios Kirykos in Ikaria island, we met with Antoni Font Gelabert. Antoni has been involved in environmental protection and sustainability for over 30 years, including seven years of being a board member of Greenpeace International. He is currently working on two projects. The first, Pandion, is an environmental consultancy firm. As he explains, Pandion is the Latin name of the fishing eagle, since they mostly work in marine conservation. The second is Ocean Observer, a project that aims to introduce electric boats into operation, from installing electric engines to borrowing electric boats to non-governmental organisations.

Coming from Mallorca and having expertise in the Balearic Islands, Antoni visits Greek islands every year for the past 12 years. Connected to both these places, he transfers his experiences from home to the processes that the Greek islands are undergoing now. As he says, he is interested in seeing and understanding how the same processes that have destroyed Mallorca are acting in different places.

“I come from a place that is strongly saturated by human pressure. Mallorca is growing at the rate of the full population of Samos each year. In the coming years, Mallorca will grow by 300 000 people, ten times the population of Samos. So mainly the challenges and the problems we detect have to do with this overcrowding and the pressure of tourism. But not only tourism: there are people who want to come to Mallorca because Mallorca has very good infrastructure, very good transport and all these things that are fantastic for any project or business. In fact, of the 80 000 people who come to live there each year, 50 000 go away because they don’t find their real dream. So Mallorca is what I call a dream shredder: a shredder that destroys the dreams of 50 000 people whose dreams don’t come true. Because the pressures and the competition are really hard. But the rules of neoliberalism say that everything must go in the direction of growth.”

On our islands we have released the ropes and we are drifting in terms of the relation of people with nature. And here, of course, this is starting to happen. But when we come here, we feel like in the Baleares 50 years ago. There is internet, there is everything that is in our islands, but many ways of doing are still old fashioned. And that has a lot of value: I love the old fashioned way of relating to nature. In the basic sense, I feel at home.”

He talked about where he sees the current problems of the Mediterranean – and the ways to solve them. 

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Three faces of Lesbos

Lesbos lately became famous for the „most unbearable refugee camp in the world“ as they call it here. Now, we might already have forgotten about it, but the hard reality in the packed camp of Moria and people waiting for years to get asylum rights, is a part of daily life on the island. And: People are still coming and drowning on their way to Europe.

At the harbour, visitors of fancy coffee bars and refugee families fishing coexist quite separately. ut there is a minority of locals and mostly foreigners who run projects & activities that are extremely valuable for the many lost on Lesbos…depressed, with no future and especially with nothing to do. Europe turns a blind eye and the Greek government obeys Europe by ignoring refugees needs, especially in legal processes. This should convince Afghans, Syrians, and many Africans NOT to cross over at all!  “I can see – in the future – the Mediterranean Sea full of blood since you cannot stop people from escaping violence at home“ 26-year-old Omar from Syria stated. In April 2017 he started refuge4refugees-  an NGOo working on Lesbos and Samos. We stayed much longer than we thought and got closer to many more heroes…VIDEO

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Embraced by Samothraki: The mountain in the Sea

“Either you love it - or you hate it and you have to leave immediately” was a sentence repeated by many. Especially the ones that migrated and live here now for years…and their love affair goes on. They are the active population for the needed changes in a land of “no compromises”
voice: Giorgos Maskalidis >>> video


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a few months ago

Making a “story” Bojan explains

"To do the story it is to connect to a person because this stories are personal stories. A person that jumped over the fence. This means that it is someone who fells connected to the place, developing his/her own ways of sustainable living and who is also acting  for the community well-being. It is not so important what she, he is doing, but HOW and WHY.“ >> video


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a few months ago

Christodoulos and Ulysses traveling together: over the Marmara Sea to the Bosporus / Troy and Constantinople

Here are our news from Turkey: Christos - doctor and psychiatrist - sailed through the Dardanelles, the Marmara Sea and the Bosporus to two metropolis: Troy and Istanbul. For the Turkish part of the  trip, Bojan and Eleonora joined Christos on his boat. >> video


PS : The fist team of 2019 MEDLand storytellig-project is related to the last recorded story in 2018: Christodoulos is the heart of the team now - and the focus of the story. How comes? We are four now, plus one.. Eleonora from Berlin, Germany, connected to the project through Workaway-platform. Her skills are journalism - audio, with a finger in video also.

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a few months ago

Christodoulos and Ulysses traveling together : The knowledge about Philoktitis and the healing properties of terra limnea


Here are our news from Limnos: On this island, Christos - doctor and psychiatrist - is guided by an ancient story involving a hero and a snake. 
In the Odyssay Homer tells the story of Philoktitis. He was a great hero of the Trojan war. One day he was bitten by a snake - an incurable wound. And the generals - also Ulysses -  betrayed him and decided to leave him to die on the island of Limnos. Philoktitis was very weak, but just when his life seemed to come to end, he took some clay from the ground in the cave where he was hiding. He put it onto his wound - and it healed. 


PS : The fist team of 2019 MEDLand storytellig-project is related to the last recorded story in 2018: Christodoulos is the heart of the team now - and the focus of the story. How comes? We are four now, plus one.. Eleonora from Berlin, Germany, connected to the project through Workaway-platform. Her skills are journalism - audio, with a finger in video also.

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a few months ago

Christodoulos and Ulysses (Ὀδύσσεια Odýsseia) traveling together


The fist team of 2019 MEDLand storytellig-project is related to the last recorded story in 2018: Christodoulos is the heart of the team now - and the focus of the story. How comes? We are four now, plus one.. Eleonora from Berlin, Germany, connected to the project through Workaway-platform. Her skills are journalism - audio, with a finger in video also.


Christos is 84 now. When his daughters asked him who would accompany him on his sailing journey he replied: A few friends - Bojan from Slovenia. Just him, his daughters asked? So, Christos thought he would need someone else: Ulysses. Ulysses? Yes, his Athomos - his spirit, to get into a dialogue. This way Christos wants to really experience the connection between the past and the present: In his own identity, the Greek culture, but also in religion and most of all: human nature. Because for Christos, we are still the same. We share the same problems in live, war, love. And t is time now to release this pain, he says. 

Rituals and conversations with Ulysses are Christodoulous occupation..while he is sailing on his own boat at his age of 84! BUT! every day newborn, with a lot of smile, positive thoughts and joy for life..philosophy, poetry, cipora, good food,…The trip final destination is Ikaria.

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a few months ago

MIMIS

…“When I’m doing nothing, like right now, I do things in my mind, I think about what to do in the winter. Last year, when I finished the mosaic class, it was my first year, and there was a question … In Greek, it’s called erotima, the main of eroserotas means love … There must be a question, the important thing is the question, not the answer. There are a lot of answers, every one has one, but there is only one question …”…See full story

 

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a few months ago
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